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If you’re new to Yorkshire see what it has to offer on our Introduction page.

We have now added more than 1,000 places to our A to Y Gazetteer of Yorkshire. We've listed the cities and towns and now many of the villages, with links to pages providing more information or to pinpoint villages on our unique Yorkshire map.

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And look below for our frequently updated page with some of our newest items about Yorkshire issues and events in more detail .......


Lasers set to light up Yorkshire coast

RavenscarWhitby AbbeyA massive free laser light show with a musical accompaniment is planned to light up the skies above the Yorkshire coast from next Monday (February 26), continuing until the following Sunday (March 3).

South Bay, ScarboroughBridlingtonChalk Tower, FlamboroughWithernseaThe light show will be visible at several iconic locations along the coast from 7pm to 10pm each night with a downloadable Light Night Radio app to provide a soundtrack.

Laser beams will be projected into the night sky from locations at Whitby Abbey, Whitby; Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar; South Bay, Scarborough; The Chalk Tower, Flamborough; The Forum, Bridlington; and The Promenade, Withernsea. They should be visible even miles away from the projection locations but a series of viewing parties are also being organised for those wanting to get closer to the action.

After a successful trial in December 2022, this bigger event has now been organised by Yorkshire Coast BID in conjunction with Yorkshire-based dynamic projection company Polestar Productions.

Find out more at the  Yorkshire Coast BID - Love Yorkshire Coast website.

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Explore Yorkshire's three National Parks

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is 70 years old this yearRunswick Bay, North York Moors National ParkBack Tor on the South Yorkshire - Derbyshire border in the 73-year-old Peak District National ParkIf you enjoy the great outdoors then you are certain to enjoy the UK's National Parks and where better to discover a National Park than in Yorkshire, which has three to choose from.

Britain's first national park was The Peak District National Park, which has many square miles within Yorkshire. The Peak District was designated a National Park 73 years ago on April 17, 1951. It followed the Government's National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act two years earlier, which paved the way to the formation of National Parks. The Peak District offers plenty of outdoor opportunities in some isolated and sometimes challenging moorland landscapes.

By November 1952 Britain's sixth National Park was being established, the North York Moors National Park, which is entirely within Yorkshire. Its 554 square miles offers some amazing scenery, from its wide expanse of heather moorland to its dramatic Heritage Coast.

Yorkshire's newest National Park is 70 years old this year. The Yorkshire Dales National Park was designated in 1954. The park's original 684 square miles were entirely within historic Yorkshire, but the park boundaries were extended in 2016 from following the old county boundary to include areas of Lancashire and what was then Cumbria, now Westmorland and Furness. Among its many attractions are Yorkshire's mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK.

Find out more on our dedicated pages for the three National Parks:

 North York Moors    Peak District    Yorkshire Dales   

2024 will see elections in May

Although the date of the next General Election is still not known, there are elections being planned for May 2 in administrative areas across most of Yorkshire.

They include a completely new election where voters will select the one person they consider most suitable to control the largest area covered by any one mayor anywhere in the UK.

Voting for a new elected mayor takes place at North Yorkshire polling stations in MayThe new mayor will be for the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority. This was recently set up in December, eight months after the government abolished the seven district authorities in North Yorkshire to leave the vast area of North Yorkshire as a unitary authority together with the City of York unitary authority.

The two unitary authorities will now have a combined authority running some functions under the elected mayor as part of the government's so-called "Devolution deal" which ties the availablity of funding to the new governance arrangements.

The mayor will be in control of an area with two cities, dozens of towns and around 700 villages. He or she may have chance to visit many of these over a term of four years in which the mayor becomes a figurehead for the region and has powers over housing development, transport and boosting skills and education. The elected mayor will also have to take on the role and functions of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for all these places.

The York and North Yorkshire elected mayor will have control over a £540 million Government investment fund over 30 years. This brings an average of £18 million a year to be spread across the 3,214 square miles of the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority area which includes parts of all of Yorkshire's historic West, North and East Ridings.

The US-style elected mayors have become increasingly popular with the Government since the first was introduced in London in 2000, but in recent years the role has been applied to larger areas than Greater London — in West Yorkshire in 2021 and now in York and North Yorkshire, which covers more than five times the area of Greater London. A mayoral election for Hull and East Yorkshire is due to take place in 2025.

Also taking place on May 2 this year is a West Yorkshire mayoral election. Government legislation at the time of the first mayoral election, when Tracy Brabin was elected in 2021, provided a three-year first term for the post and subsequent four-year terms.

In South Yorkshire there may also be a mayoral election. There Oliver Coppard was elected for a four-year term in 2022 but plans to incorporate Police and Crime Commissioner functions into the mayoral role could cause a new election this year.

There will be a mayoral election for the Tees Valley Combined Authority this May. The current term has been a three-year one after postonement of an election from 2020 to 2021 during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The mayoral elections will now have a first-past-the-post voting system rather than the supplementary vote system which gave first and second choices.

There will also be local council elections for all councillors in  Rotherham metropolitan district and one-third of the council seats in  Barnsley,  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Kirklees,  Leeds,  Oldham,  Sheffield and  Wakefield metropolitan districts,  Hull unitary authority and  Pendle district.

As for the General Election, the date is still unknown. It could be as early as May, but there have been hints of it being in the second half of 2024. The date must be no later than January 28, 2025.


Bus station closed in Bradford

Bradford Interchange bus station was closed on Friday January 5 because of damage of falling concrete linked to bad weather and is expected to remain closed into March.

Many services normally run into the bus station and these are now being run from various nearby street stops.

Details can be found at this page at the  Metro website.

The bus station adjoins the Bradford Interchange railway station, but this is not affected by the closure.

 Bradford   
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Brighter days ahead at the Yorkshire seaside

FileyA puffin on the Flamborough headlandWhere better to plan some family time this spring and summer than at the Yorkshire seaside.

The resorts on Yorkshire's coast boast four international Blue Flag beaches, a dozen places with Seaside Awards and a village which was judged to have Britain's Best Beach in 2020.

And with some vast stretches of beaches, seaside villages and coastal paths there is plenty of space to be enjoyed away from the main town centres.

Find out more on our Seaside page.

 Seaside   
Yorkshire.guide/seaside

Yorkshire mixture

Here are links to a few favourite pages at Yorkshire.guide:

Cities Largest towns and cities Population Gazetteer Abbeys Castles Film locations Heritage Coast Heritage railways Highest mountains Historic Houses North Pennines North York Moors Museums Peak District Racecourses Seaside York Yorkshire Dales Yorkshire football Railway stations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

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